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A bull elk in Estes Park, Colorado. Rocky Mountain National Park offers some of the best viewing in America.

When you can’t get the entire head and antlers of an elk into a frame, you know you’re pretty close. Few places in America offer better viewing of elk than Estes Park, Colorado. They even meander along the streets and sidewalks of the town.

Rocky Mountain National Park is near Estes Park. Ruth and I love to go there each fall and listen to the haunting sounds of bugling bull elk as they compete for cows during the mating season.

We were watching this bull elk and some cows in a meadow. Soon the entire herd started walking slowly in our direction. I had set up my tripod on the road near our vehicle. As the elk moved closer, Ruth climbed back into the vehicle, and I moved my tripod to keep the vehicle between me and the bull.

I ended up making a 360-degree move around the vehicle. None of the elk gave me a sniff, but I certainly was aware of their presence as they trundled past me while I crouched behind the vehicle.

There were some pine trees just off the road. I snapped this image as the bull walked past one of the trees. Because I was using a 400 lens with a 2x extender, the bull is not as close as it appears to be. But I had already determined that I was going to join Ruth in the vehicle and that the camera equipment would have to fend for itself if the bull even turned its head in my direction.

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